THE TRAVEL DILEMMA: ALONE OR AGENCY? To be a teacher in Thailand, you have two choices. To do it alone, or do it through an agency. I was very close to going it alone as I had heard bad reviews about some agencies taking your money, being unsupportive and not preparing you for the changesContinue Reading The Work/Travel Dilemma: Alone or Agency?
“No extras! No extras!” – That’s what I was shouting as I was led into a massage parlour by my good friend Ashley in Pattaya… I made the decision to spend my first couple of days in the beach resort Pattaya to avoid the overwhelming chaos of Bangkok. I thought Pattaya would ease me gentlyContinue Reading 3 Days in Pattaya, Thailand
Facing Fears, Rock Slides & Mountain Cats in Zion National Park. Monument Valley, Arizona → Zion National Park, Utah: 3hours 44mins – 226miles. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you go to a place you’ve never been before. It’s a different kind of excitement. An anticipation. Not knowing what to expect or whatContinue Reading Facing Fears, Rock Slides & Mountain Cats in Zion National Park.
Grand Canyon, Arizona → Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah: 3hrs 4mins – 177miles After driving for 3 hours on empty stomachs (we grazed on a cold cut sandwich and a protein bar each during our G.C hike) from the Grand Canyon, we decided to stop at Burger King to replace the calories and set up camp atContinue Reading Embracing Spirits & Thunderstorms in Monument Valley
Phoenix, Arizona → Grand Canyon, Arizona: 3hr 25mins. 228miles. We arrived into the Grand Canyon Village around 10pm and bought a Annual National Park Pass which is $80 and allows entry into all National Parks in America for the year. Worked out much cheaper for us all to pay $20 than to purchase single entries whichContinue Reading Hiking through Grand Canyon Thunderstorms
So after working at Lake Greeley Summer Camp in Pennsylvania for 10 weeks, it was only right that we rewarded ourselves with an epic road-trip across the beautiful states! I’ve visited these states once before but there’s something about this place that draws me back time and time again and I’m still mesmerised and captivatedContinue Reading Phoenix, Arizona: From Car Slumming to a Luxury Villa Visit
TIME?! WHAT’S THAT?! One tiny small detail I forgot about working at a summer camp is how busy you are! The time you have at camp is so little and so precious, hence why I haven’t been able to devote much time to writing. Despite my best efforts, I was only able to ‘pocket write’Continue Reading A Typical Day At A USA Summer Camp
“Oh Sami…” Aah them oh so familiar words that come out of my Camp Director’s mouth when I’ve done something stupid/crazy. But I didn’t expect to hear them in the minivan 5 minutes into my journey from the Lords Valley bus terminal to Lake Greeley Camp… In the bathroom on the bus, I heard theContinue Reading My Second Year At LGC – USA Summer Camp
New York City is somewhat of a novelty to me. It’s the absolute opposite to my hometown in the Welsh Valleys and that’s what makes it all the more amazing for me! This will be my fourth trip to the Big Apple and I never tire of the place! However, anyone who has travelled toContinue Reading Ticking off the New York Bucket List: Broadway, Cheesecake, and Naked Cowboys…
Goodbye. Bon Voyage. See ya. Ta-ra. Laters. So long. Hwyl Fawr. Farewell. Au Revior. Have Fun. BE SAFE… The words ringing in my ears for the past two weeks as I say my goodbyes to my family, friends, gym gang, work colleagues… It’s been emotional to say the least! Overwhelming. It isn’t until you doContinue Reading Goodbye Seems To Be The Hardest Word… The Hardest Part of Travelling.